Offa’s Dyke walks

by Alf Alderson, 19th February 2018

If all 177 miles of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail seems a little daunting, try these three walks that take in some of the best sections of the route, with its impressive eighth-century earthwork and beautiful views

The bare stats on Offa’s Dyke Path (Llwybr Clawdd Offa) are a bit dry: 177 miles long, opened in 1971, and for the average walker a 12- to 14-day expedition. But the trail itself is one of the most spectacular long-distance walks in Britain, its route closely following the remnants of Offa’s Dyke, an earthwork that was probably constructed in the late eighth century on the orders of King Offa of Mercia.

Each of this month’s walks allows you to appreciate at least a small section of this wonderful trail, and who knows, they may inspire you to do the whole route one day…

ROUTE 1 – This walk in Wrexham takes in a variety of historic constructions – Chirk Castle, Llangollen Canal and, of course, Offa’s Dyke

ROUTE 2 – A fine hike in Powys that includes not just Offa’s Dyke but also a section of one of Wales’ other great long-distance trails, Glyndwr’s Way

ROUTE 3 – Walk one of the classic sections of the Offa’s Dyke Path with this superb Monmouthshire outing


Route inaccessible? If you find that any of the routes featured on walesandborders.com has become inaccessible in any way, do let us know so we can alert the necessary authorities on your behalf. You can email the Web Editor at webeditor@borderpublishing.com

For the full feature on Offa's Dyke walks, see the March 2018 issue of Welsh Border Life. For back issues, click here



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